WYOMING, MICH - Not many athletes can say they've competed on a national stage, especially before college, but after this weekend a local baseball team can say they've done something the organization has never done -- compete at the Connie Mack World Series.
"A lot of great players have gone through there," said Noah Bloye, center fielder for the Diamonds.
Bloye is referring to Ricketts Ballpark in Farmington, New Mexico. The diamond that the Diamonds will call home for the next few days.
"A lot of people say it's the Little League World Series but for 18-year olds," said Bloye.
The center fielder will play his first year for Michigan State next year. But not before capping off a long career with this team.
"I joined Diamonds when I was 12," said Bloye.
He and his teammates are going out with a bang.
"Their great competitors," said Joel Schipper, one of the Diamonds coaches.
In order to earn their way to the Connie Mack World Series they first had to call themselves champions of their region. Something they've been working towards for years.
"Every year we go in with this goal, and this year it's the first time in our programs history to be able to do it," said Coach Schipper.
The coaching staff says they're not surprised this team has made it so far.
"At the beginning of the year we came in as individuals," said Coach Schipper. "As the season progressed we really came out as a family."
The guys pack up Tuesday and head west.
"It will be a 27-hour car ride with the whole team together," said Bloye. A long 27-hours that will lead to an experience they'll never forget.
"It's something they're going to tell their kids about someday," said Coach Schipper.
Ending the season with the same intention as they started.
"One of our goals is to win the last game of the year, and so far we're on track," said Bloye.
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